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Babies: Streptococcus

Department of Health written question – answered on 12th December 2016.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of babies who don't receive preventative medicine who then go on to develop group B streptococus if their mother is (a) a carrier and (b) not a carrier of that infection.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

The UK National Screening Committee’s most recent evidence review estimated that in a population of 776,352 pregnant women, which includes those delivering at term and preterm, there would be approximately 163,000 carriers of group B streptococcus (GBS) at the point of delivery. If all carriers were untreated there would be about 450 cases of early onset GBS equivalent to 0.3% of babies born.

Information about the number of women receiving preventative treatment for GBS is not collected centrally.

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